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Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things you will ever go through. Moving forward without them is even harder. We cope with loss in many different ways, but, as writers, we have a unique tool at our fingertips to help us deal with what we’re feeling. And hopefully, with some editing and construction, we can help others who are experiencing the same thing–simply by putting words on the page. It’s one of the best things about being a writer!
Barbara Barth turned to journaling when her husband died a couple of years ago. She chronicled her experiences–along with her adventures of getting back into the dating pool and living with a bevy of rescue dogs–with a bit of levity that is true to her nature. “I deal with things in an offbeat way and use humor to get me through the darkest times,” Barth says. “I hope my story will make someone else smile.” And that she does in her candid interview today!
Stop by The Muffin and leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Barbara Barth’s debut book, The Unfaithful Widow: Fragmented Memoirs On My First Year Alone.
The Unfaithful Widow is available for purchase at Amazon.com. (You can also read an excerpt.)
Watch the book trailer on YouTube.
Meet the Author
Barbara Barth likes a lot of things: turquoise jewelry, surfing the ‘net, margaritas. Then there are the dogs. Six at last count. But who can keep it straight with all those tales wagging? This Georgia antique dealer and jewelry maker published a hobby newsletter for 13 years. After her husband died she recorded the year that followed in a series of essays. When she isn’t writing you can find her at the local thrift shops or pounding another nail into the wall to hang the paintings she can’t resist.
About Barbara’s rescue dogs: Boy Dog played cupid to us when I met my husband. My grand dame Foxy has been with me for fourteen years. Jake, my ninety-pound German Shepherd who couldn’t walk and was incontinent kept me a caregiver when I had nothing to do after my husband died. He finally left me a year ago. There have been a bevy of dogs to enter these doors since then. I have adopted five rescue dogs in the last year. Each dog has its own personality and quirks. They have stories I’ll never know, but they now have a home and are a riot to be around. They are: Bray, the Afghan mix; Annabelle, the hound dog mix with gingivitis; Chloe, the Chihuahua who rules the house. Then there was New Year’s Eve. I couldn’t get a date, so I thought get a dog, maybe two. That brought Rascal, my bull dog mix with the polka dot belly and brindle sweater, and April in Paris who dreams of the city of lights.
Upcoming Tour Dates
May 24, 2010 Monday (Today!)
Barbara will be chatting with WOW! Women On Writing at The Muffin. One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of Barbara’s book!
May 25, 2010 Tuesday
Write for a Reader
Essayist Barbara Barth tells us about her love of books in the Write for a Reader feature “Because of a Book.” Don’t miss a chance to win her memoir The Unfaithful Widow!
May 27, 2010 Thursday
Stop by for an interesting interview with Barbara Barth about writing, dogs, grief, and her memoir The Unfaithful Widow.
June 1, 2010 Tuesday
Don’t miss a visit from author Barbara Barth and a chance to win her memoir The Unfaithful Widow.
June 3, 2010 Thursday
Stop by Readaholic for a review of Barbara Barth’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow.
June 7, 2010 Monday
Stop by Writer Inspired to learn about essay writing from Barbara Barth. And enter to win her memoir The Unfaithful Widow!
June 9, 2010 Wednesday
Silver and Grace
Eliza Fayle has a few questions for memoir writer Barbara Barth. Stop by and ask Barbara a question of your own! You can also read Eliza’s review and enter to win a copy of The Unfaithful Widow!
June 10, 2010 Thursday
4 the Love of Animals
Stop by to enjoy the musings of Barbara Barth, author of the memoir The Unfaithful Widow, about her six rescue dogs (at least six at last nose count). Don’t forget to enter to win your copy!
June 14, 2010 Monday
Tilly Rescue Dog
Barbara Barth, author of The Unfaithful Widow, is taking a break from her WOW blog tour today. April in Paris, a dog unlike any other is filling in for her today. Don’t miss it!
June 16, 2010 Wednesday
Words by Webb
Stop by for a review of Barbara’s memoir The Unfaithful Widow and some thoughts on book titles.
June 21, 2010 Monday
Barbara Barth stops by Choices for a visit. Come ask your questions about memoir writing, self-publishing, and marketing your book!